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Police issue new order on driving while license suspended

Mayor says law disproportionately affects minorities


Last updated 11/12/2020 at 8:40am

Edmonds police will no longer file criminal cases for the sole offense of third-degree driving (DWLS 3) with a suspended license.

Typically, this offense results from a driver failing to pay a ticket or appear in court for a prior moving violation, like speeding or rolling through a stop sign.

Instead, Edmonds officers will cite and release the offender with the civil infraction of no valid operator’s license with identification – if the offender has a valid form of identification as outlined in RCW 46.20.015.

“Criminalizing the stand-alone offense of driving while license suspended...

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